Last Word on power outages, April 20

Power outages

At some point, we need to recognize that the power lines running down Route 5 toward Greensprings need to go underground. Today was the third multi-hour power outage we have had this winter/spring. Two have been due to storms, one was a car accident. I know today's outage was an act of nature and not predictable, but we can predict that it will happen again and again over time. It’s long past time to bite the bullet and put lines underground so we don't have to go through the expense of repairing the lines yet again and inconveniencing customers.

Paying for schools

To the person who complained about taxes for education: As a parent of a York County high school student, I have paid several hundred dollars for my child to participate in sports, clubs and art activities. I also pay $94 every time my child takes an AP test, several of which are expected for college-bound students. My older son’s high school fees were nearly $1,000. Once upon a time, the community covered much of this, but in order to keep taxes low, parents must dish out or let their kids watch from the sidelines. No education is free — not even public education. Please don’t whine about taxes for education when working families are just trying to do the best they can for their kids.

Looking for …

Looking for expired license plates for a project I'm working on. Please contact 703-862-3574 if you have any that you would be willing to part with. Thank you!

Lost April 11: Gold chain with two small crosses and tiny medallion at Harris Teeter store or parking lot (off Centerville). Reward. Please call 508-4532.

As for watch repair, Williamsburg Clocks/Keith Clayton-Kastenholz, 757-564-0107, is one of the best choices for tall case, mantle and wall clocks in the area. Keith and his staff are masters at their trade. Keep in mind that watch/clock repair is rarely "while you wait" unless it is to change a battery.

To the person looking for someone to take care of their lawn and property: I highly recommend Felix Martina, 804-994-7263.

I am looking for someone who can restore old family portraits. I have several portraits of grandparents and great grandparents that I would love to have restored. I also need someone who can transfer old records to a CD. These were made at family events and I would love to save them on CDs. Please leave your contact info on Last Word. Thanks so much.

I’m looking for a consignment shop in the area of Williamsburg, Richmond or Newport News. Thank you.

Seeking person who can “recover” lamp shades. Material provided. Call 561-275-9981.

To the person looking for grass cutting for the season, call Warren at 757-206-4843. He came to my yard and he did an excellent job.

Reopening soon

I was trying to find out about the CHKD Thrift store and emailed them. The district manager answered me and said that they would reopen on Moorestown Road in a month or so. Great news.

Sharing the road

For the commenter who was trying to enlighten the bicyclists who almost got hit: You are the one who needs a refresher. Pointing left is the official DMV signal for turning left. Holding your left arm up vertical is the official signal for turning right. That's what the cyclists are supposed to do and the fact that they did them is very good. These are the same signals drivers are supposed to give if their turn signals aren't working. And I say all this not in defense of the bicyclists — they should be using the trail. But they conducted themselves properly. How about doing some research before trying to tear someone down?

The appropriate way for a bicyclist to signal a left turn is to put the left arm straight out, pointing to the left. If you don't know this, then you don't know the rules of the road and shouldn't be driving or writing into the Last Word.

I read an article where it said some drivers consider bicyclists on the road to be less than human. Just as a reminder that cyclists I personally know, in addition to being mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, also include first responders, doctors, active military, veterans, lawyers, blue and white collar workers, local business owners, etc. I have found that 99% of drivers are courteous and patient but it only takes one to kill someone’s family member. We all own cars and trucks and pay our taxes, by the way. Thank you.

Restaurant inspections

It is totally unacceptable and unbelievable that a full-service restaurant serving a buffet did not have a thermometer available when the inspector visited, nor could anyone state the safe hot and cold temperature requirements. If you read the details on these visits, you can see that some places you’d think might be substandard are actually clean, and others you view as clean may not be. We pay a premium for prepared food around here with extra tax. I will not patronize unsafe restaurants.

From my knowledge, the Old Chickahominy House has had very good reports from the health inspectors throughout all the years they have been open.

Customer service

I spent some time in a shop in Merchants Square today. I was not greeted or assisted in any way by associates busy with a project at the rear of the store. They should have been aware of customers in the rest of the store.

Mueller report

It should be clear now that our country has no attorney general but rather a private attorney for President Trump. Attorney General Barr has shown he is just another political hack that is part of the Trump cover up. People should call their representatives and urge that both Mr. Barr and Mr. Mueller be brought before Congress for public testimony. No real attorney general would perform as Mr. Barr has and it is shameful for our country.

A side of kittens

I learned about Catnip Cafe in Norfolk and went there. It's amazing. Kitties roaming in various rooms upstairs and downstairs. No cages. Kittens and kitties are all over in cat trees, shelves, chairs, etc. No kitty fights and so happy. Go and make yourself coffee and/or tea and visit with all the kitties until you find your perfect one(s). All are adoptable and it's an amazing setting. They already have everything done, including being spayed and neutered, so all you have to do is fill out an application there or online and as soon as you find the one(s) for you, you immediately take them home. I would love one of those places here in Williamsburg.

A little help

The entrance to the Lumber House on Duke of Gloucester Street needs a railing to assist customers who are handicapped or disabled. Right now, the building is not welcoming to residents or visitors.

Practically perfect

With all the problems in the world, I am so happy to live in a community where the only problems we have are dogs at our Farmer's Market and people riding bicycles on our roads.

Downtown parking

Isn’t it curious that the city keeps looking for projects, ideas to draw more people to Merchants Square area, and looks to take away the much used, needed, wanted, appreciated parking spaces and parking lots? So many local events draw large numbers of people who scramble for reasonably located parking spaces. Are we the only ones puzzled and confused? Meanwhile, the groups that relied on use of the Kimball auditorium need to know they will be able to book their future events in that handy space. So, help the current groups and events! Deal with the need for handy parking and needed performance space. Then more people will opt to come downtown.

Notre Dame fund

This coming Easter Sunday, as churches celebrate the resurrection of Christ, all churches across the land should do a special collection to Notre Dame to help fund its resurrection.

Since Notre Dame is a World Heritage site, the president should instruct the IRS to make donations to the reconstruction 100% deductible from Americans taxes immediately.

Great performance

I hope you were lucky enough to see "Newsies" at Jamestown High School. What a thoroughly professional production. The cast was huge and so talented. Not a weak voice in the bunch! From the great choreography -- including tap dancers -- to the smooth scene changes, this show had it all. Congratulations to the students and their very talented director, Mr. Stone. Some of the extremely talented students were Jack Cherry, Ryan Holcomb and Annabelle Wellington, but it doesn't stop there; each and every song was perfectly pitched and all the dances were on target. The acting was spot on, too. What an enjoyable show. Congratulations to Jamestown High School!

Well done

We were at Busch Gardens on Tuesday, and it appears that a child was either sick or injured. Within seconds, EMT from Busch Gardens sprinted to the scene. We hope the child is well. Kudos to the Busch Gardens’ medical staff for their quick response.

Tourism grants

Why should Colonial Williamsburg get any project grant money when they pay enormous bonuses to their executives and carry far too many vice presidents? When they trim their executive budget, we can talk about it. Until then, grants should be off the table for them.

Waiting to happen

For those of us who live on John Tyler Highway heading toward the Dresser Bridge, there is a major problem about to occur. At the intersection of Monticello Avenue and John Tyler Highway, near Governor's Land, there is portion of highway that has a spring or artesian well below it. The patch is always wet even in the torrid days of summer. One of these days, it may form a sinkhole or other catastrophic event. What does VDOT, or whoever, plan to do about preventing such an event?

College coaches

Can you take one more comment about college athletics, particularly athletic directors and coaches? When a new athletic director comes in, they usually want their own coaches for lots of reasons. Sometimes it really doesn’t have to do with wins and losses or how beloved a coach is. When Old Dominion hired their latest athletic director, one of the first things he did was part ways with Wendy Larry. Now, it could be they just didn’t have a meeting of the minds. It really doesn’t matter. When Wendy Larry left Old Dominion, the fans were upset and a lot of them still haven’t recovered. She was the reason Old Dominion was able to get teams such as UConn and Tennessee to come to the fieldhouse in Norfolk and play. My point is that athletic directors usually want their own coaches. Let’s admit that the football coach over at the College of William and Mary should have stepped down much sooner than he did.

Coach Shaver was not doing his job and not earning his pay. That is why he was let go. So it’s time for all of us to do as he has had to, and move on with life.

New stores needed

Williamsburg needs a Costco and they need to put it in the vacated JCPenney building at Marquis Shopping Center. Perfect location for Williamsburg, northern Newport News, Gloucester and Yorktown. Right off the interstate and it would bring much needed business into that shopping center.

There is one place that cannot be beat and I cannot believe that Williamsburg does not have one: come on, folks, let’s get ourselves a Krispy Kreme doughnut franchise here in the ’Burg!

Burned out churches

A 21-year-old white man was arrested for burning down three black churches. The fact that there wasn’t a peep/tweet from Trump speaks volumes.

Speedy delivery

I understand the occasional frustration with the post office. As with most things, only the negatives stand out. While complaining about the one or two letters that were mis-delivered, do you take the time to mention all the rest that arrived on time, in the right place, every day? The post office handles 188 million pieces of mail every day and adds 4,100 new addresses every day. All things considered, I find that remarkable.

Nice to see that there is a drop box at the Lightfoot post office now. However, you still have to get out to put your mail in. It was so nice to have it where you could drive up and drop off your mail, especially when it was raining. So, what good does it do to have it up on the sidewalk?

So you write the address incorrectly or use insufficient postage and the letter is returned and you blame USPS — fascinating. Perhaps you should avail yourself of one of the several other options available for mail and package delivery. Personally, I am generally pleased with our mail delivery, but then again I am not waiting by my mailbox every day like many of you are apparently doing.

April Fools’ prank

To the driver of the sports car with the black racing stripes that stopped in front of my mailbox on April Fools’ Day: I guess you thought you were being cute and decided to play an April Fools’ prank and take the “No Dumping” sign that was in front of my mailbox. What you don’t know is that I saw you, and I don’t appreciate you taking my sign. April Fools’ Day is over with now, so you can return my sign.

Tax policy

As everyone in the middle class and below has known for the past 30-plus years, trickle-down economics does not work. So stop giving tax cuts to corporations and make them earn tax credits. After corporations bring back jobs to America, re-tool shops or build a new plant, hire a vet, setup and maintain training programs, or set up and maintain environmental programs and equipment, they get a tax credit. If they stop doing good, they lose tax credits.

Here is the Republicans’ plan: Give the wealthiest Americans and corporations large, undeserved tax cuts. Give them the benefits of outsourcing American jobs to low wage countries and keep wages in this country to 1970 levels for the average worker. Therefore, middle class Americans pay the same tax rate as the large corporations that are avoiding taxes. Revenue is the oxygen for economic survival of all Americans. We can either have a government that allows the uneven distribution of wealth, or you can have a democracy but not both. So vote these plutocrats out of office, and let’s turn to a society that we can hope our children will prosper economically. By the way, these large tax cuts go into the electoral system to re-elect the same people, giving the wealth back to the wealthiest.

I’m just wondering how many Democrats who have been bashing Trump all along are enjoying their tax returns? I, for one, have gotten the largest tax return ever in my life, and I’ve spoken to high-income earners, middle-class earners and lower-class earners and we are all enjoying it. So you might want to think about that before continuing to bash Trump. Thank you. And enjoy your money.

Sanctuary cities

With the president considering dumping immigrants into the districts of his political enemies, he has reached a new low even for him. Anyone who has raised children will recognize this as the action of a young child throwing a tantrum when not being allowed to have his way. Next I expect to see him throw himself onto the driveway of the White House and kick and scream until he gets his way.

Second thoughts

To the woman I inconvenienced by pulling my car to the side of Lake Powell Road to retrieve my mail on Saturday night: Your illuminated headlights look very similar to those on my husband’s car and I thought it was him behind me on the usually deserted road. I knew I had left enough room for him to go around and into the driveway. Only when you pulled beside me and screamed at me for not getting into the driveway did I realize it was not him. What you don’t know is that I had been on my feet all day with my aunt who suffers from dementia, shopping for clothes since her newest meds have caused weight gain. Personally having had numerous foot injuries and surgeries, it was about all I could do to stand at that point. Sadly, you only saw your inconvenience of not having the entire road to drive on. Your behavior is a prime example of what our world is becoming — a me, me, me society and running off at the mouth when you know nothing about me or my circumstances. Had it been daylight, I would have recognized that my husband was not behind me. I would have pulled into my driveway, waited for you to pass, then backed out for my mail. Meanwhile, you don’t know what another stranger has been through. Think about it.

Recommended

I am very impressed with the new pet store, Petvalu, at Lightfoot Marketplace by Harris Teeter. I was shown the kinds of food they have for dogs and cats, all of very good quality. The amazing part was the bathtubs they have so you can bathe your dog. I bathed my dog for only $10, which included the shampoo, towels and a treat afterwards. I highly recommend this wonderful store.

We highly recommend Larry D. Green, owner of Thrifty Concrete, as someone who is honest, reliable, and does great work at a reasonable price. He can be reached at 757- 358-3098 and you can find him through Facebook or the Better Business Bureau.

J&M Jewelers has repaired the Swiss watch I inherited from my mother, who bought it in 1957. Because of its age, replacement parts were difficult to find. It sometimes took him months to locate the right part, but he has always managed to get it and to make the repair. He’s definitely an expert; I would trust him with any of my jewelry.

Up in Washington

Apparently reincarnation is an absolute truth: the proof: Joseph McCarthy has been reincarnated as Adam Schiff.

The president and family are seemingly willing to fight to the death to keep their business records and taxes a secret. Because once they know they’re exposed and revealed to Congress that the extent of their criminal enterprise will be brought out into the sunlight and, as any good housekeeper knows, sunshine is a wonderful way of cleaning out nasty places.

Thank you

Thank you to the kind person who found my key chain in the Harris Teeter parking lot and turned it in where I was able to retrieve it. Bless you for your kindness.

Many thanks to Travis with J&R Towing who helped me with a flat tire last week. And to Art at Pier One who let me use their telephone and also gave me a bottle of water while I waited for help. So many truly nice people, I was grateful to have these two help me.

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